Longlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009.
Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local cafe (920); the number of poppy seeds on her slice of orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she'll take to finish it.
Grace counts everything, because numbers hold the worlds together. And she needs to keep an eye on how they're doing. Seamus Joseph O'Reilly (also a 19, with the sexiest hands Grace has ever seen) thinks she might be better off without the counting. If she could hold down a job, say. Or open her kitchen cupboards without conducting an inventory, or make a sandwich containing an unknown number of sprouts. Grace's problem is that Seamus doesn't count. Her other problem is, he does.
Addition is a stylish, moving love story. Grace is witty, flirtatious and headstrong. She's not a bit sentimental but even so, she may be about to lose track of the number of ways she can fall in love.
'Juicy and funny, just like its protagonist…this is a gem.' Sydney Morning Herald
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - katiekrug - LibraryThing
This was, by turns, funny and bittersweet. It's the story of a woman with severe OCD who is torn between being her genuine self and getting help to lead a more "normal" life. It is kind of a romantic ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RidgewayGirl - LibraryThing
Addition by Australian author Toni Jordan is the surprisingly charming story of Grace, who's need to count everything and to regiment her life means she can no longer work as a schoolteacher. Instead ... Read full review